Meigs retired teachers awards scholarship

By Lorna Hart -

Timothy Warner

Timothy Warner

POMEROY — The Meigs Retired Teachers Association announced their 2016 scholarship winner at a recent meeting.

Timothy Warner, a senior at the University of Rio Grande, was this year’s recipient.

The Meigs chapter was organized in 1969 and is part of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association established in 1947. ORTAs founding coincided with the organization of the National Retired Teachers Association, and Ohio, along with California, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania became the first affiliates.

Today, there are 90 chapters of ORTA, one in each county and two in Cuyahoga and Stark counties. Both ORTA and NRTA are advocates for retired public educators and work to improve pensions and benefits. Services are available for both active and retired public educators.

The mission of the association is to “encourage educators to improve and develop their capabilities to meet the social and economic changes and issues subsequent to their retirement, and to sponsor and support legislation and programs intended to contribute to their well-being — locally, statewide and nationally.”

Membership is open to any teacher or administrator retired from the public schools, state and municipal colleges and universities of Ohio or in any other state but living in Ohio.

The Meigs Retired Teachers Association meets regularly and invites speakers who present various topics of interest to the group. The past 16 years, the chapter has sponsored a scholarship for a junior or senior in college majoring in education, and whose family is a Meigs County resident.

The scholarship is usually awarded later in the year, but Warner will be graduating in May and the group wanted to extend their support during his last semester of college.

Warner is from Pomeroy and has been working part-time as a waiter at Courtside Bar and Grill in Gallipolis during his college years to help pay for his education. As with all Retired Teachers Association scholarship recipients, Warner is an education major and has been a member of the track and field team at the university for four years.

He plans to teach at a high school after graduation, and said he also wants to coach.

“I am on partial scholarship at URG and work to pay for my other college expenses. I am thankful to have the opportunity to further my education at Rio Grande and feel very blessed to have received this scholarship.”

Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551

Timothy Warner Warner

By Lorna Hart